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Polly Carpenter FAIA
Director of Public Programs
pcarpenter@architects.org / 617-391-4023

Polly has a background in educational, institutional, and residential design. Prior to opening her own firm in 1997, she gained experience working at architectural firms, large and small, in Boston and New York. Polly has built a career out of her passion for children's design education. She has been involved with Learning By Design for more than 15 years, most recently as the Program Director. She holds a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Masters of Architecture from Rice University.

Ben Cohen
Managing Director, Finance
bcohen@architects.org / 617-391-4003

Ben lives in Dorchester and always gets tortellini alfredo when he goes to "build your own pasta day" at Metro on Congress St. 

Billy Craig
Managing Director, Operations
bcraig@architects.org / 617-391-4018

Billy came to the BSA in 2009 as Director of Business Development and ended up taking the operational lead on Build Boston and ABX. He now oversees many BSA and BSA Foundation businesses, including membership, ABX, the gallery, and civic, public, and professional programs. Prior to joining the BSA, he worked at Utile and Machado Silvetti, focusing on the business side of architecture. He began his career in finance and holds an active real estate sales license. Billy lives on the north shore with his wife and two daughters.

Elliya Cutler
Civic Initiatives Program Manager
ecutler@architects.org / 617-391-4027

Elliya has always been fascinated by the way people, the natural environment, and the built environment interact in cities. With a BA, summa cum laude, in anthropology and environmental studies from Tufts University, she is thrilled to continue exploring the intersection of people and places in her role at the BSA. Outside of work, Elliya enjoys exploring the city on foot or bike, knitting, gardening, and visiting flea markets.

Mary Fichtner
Director of Programs & Exhibitions
mfichtner@architects.org 

Mary came to the BSA with a passion for Boston’s art scene and a love of exhibit design, as well as more than 10 years of experience in arts and nonprofit management. Mary has a master’s degree in art history from UMass/Amherst; currently serves as chairman of the board for Gallery 263, a nonprofit community art space in Cambridgeport; and serves on the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission. When she leaves the BSA at the end of the day, she heads home to Beacon Hill where she enjoys cooking, crafting, bluegrass music and playing with her pit bull, Bella.

Susan Green
Office & Technology Manager
sgreen@architects.org / 617-391-4015

Susan joins the BSA with over ten years experience in communications and office administration. Her background also includes graphic and web design work for Boston area arts organizations. Susan is a photographer and a painter with a degree in fine art and theatre. Susan is fond of Mid-Century design, Fellini films, gardening around her cottage home, live fiddle music, hiking, biking, and Bananas Foster.

Caitlin Hart
Development & Marketing Manager
chart@architects.org / 617-391-4026

Fascinated by Boston as a historic and living city, Caitlin is glad to have found her way to the BSA. She holds a BA in Art History from Tufts University and an MFA in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design, which means she loves thinking about the ways in which art and the built environment shape our everyday. Outside of work, Caitlin can often be found taking walks over bridges, ogling old buildings, and reading in the coffee shops of Camberville.

Kali Larsson
Continuing Education Coordinator
klarsson@architects.org / 617-391-4016

Kali recently moved to Boston from New York and is loving it so far. She joins the BSA having worked as a temp at a variety of Boston-based companies. Kali enjoys walking around town, baking, photography, making jewelry, and the challenge of a difficult Sudoku puzzle.

Renée Loth
Editor, ArchitectureBoston 
rloth@architects.org / 617-391-4022

Renée comes to the BSA from a distinguished journalism career, most recently as editor of the editorial pages of the Boston Globe. Currently an op-ed columnist at the Globe, she has frequently written about the issues that animate the architecture/design community. She is a member of the Massachusetts Women's Forum and has twice served as a juror for the Pulitzer prizes in journalism. She got her start as editor of a scrappy advocacy newspaper, The East Boston Community News, and has lived in Boston since her student days at Boston University. She is married to jazz pianist Bert Seager.

Fiona Luis
Deputy Editor, ArchitectureBoston
fluis@architects.org / 617-391-4033

Fiona spent 22 years at The Boston Globe, most recently as head of the Features department. She oversaw a staff of 60, guiding editing and design teams that produced daily and weekly sections. Before that she ran the Living, Food, and Home/Style sections, supervising writers, columnists and critics. She collaborated with photographers and designers to create sections that were recognized with awards from the Society of Newspaper Design.

A native of Malaysia, Fiona continues to favor summer over winter. Some of her earliest memories include traipsing through the ruins of a 16th-century Portuguese fortress and the red granite plinths of an 18th-century Dutch church in her hometown.

Conor MacDonald
Director of Member Relations
cmacdonald@architects.org / 617-391-4037

As an active Common Boston member, it comes as no surprise that Conor is interested in the way architecture affects and responds to communities. After he received a bachelor’s degree in business and economics (with a minor in architectural history), Conor worked as a photographer’s and architect’s assistant before joining the BSA. He enjoys running, throwing ceramics, writing and photography.

Paige McWhorter
Electronic Communications Manager
pmcwhorter@architects.org / 617-391-4028

Paige recently graduated summa cum laude from UMass Boston with a bachelor’s in Management/Marketing. She is a southern girl who decides she’s moving back home every time the Boston winter hits, but can’t bring herself to leave the rich architectural history and cobblestone streets. Paige likes to spend her free time creating art, traveling, and collecting vintage books.

Penny Mitchell
Development Director
pmitchell@architects.org / 617-391-4011

Penny worked for the BSA as membership director for many years before moving to western Colorado. While there, she worked as development director for Rocky Mountain PBS and an economic development organization. Though she enjoyed the beauty of Colorado, she missed the activity and vibrancy of urban life. Penny is thrilled to return to Boston and the BSA Foundation which allows her to share her appreciation for value architecture and design have in our lives. 

John Nunnari 
Executive Director, AIA Massachusetts
jnunnari@architects.org / 617-901-4685

A long-standing BSA member and active Codes Committee and Government Affairs Committee participant and BSA lobbyist, John worked at HMFH Architects for 15 years, specializing in public school construction. He holds a BA in design studies from Boston Architectural Center and also studied at Temple University and SUNY at Delhi. An avid golfer and skier, you may find him at the annual BSA Golf Tournament. He’s still trying to convince us to hold an annual BSA Ski Tournament, though.

Rachel Reid
Member Engagement Manager
rreid@architects.org / 617-391-4008
For Membership help call 617-391-4010 or email membership@architects.org

Rachel previously assisted the executive director of the Harvard Alumni Association, across the river, but she comes to Boston originally from across the pond. A theatre graduate with a gold medal from the London Academy of Dramatic arts, she's enjoying her latest role at the BSA.

Maria Salvatierra
Senior Marketing & Communications Manager
msalvatierra@architects.org / 617-391-4019

Maria comes to the BSA from London's Royal Academy of Arts, where she managed the marketing and communications for some of Europe's most prestigious exhibitions and events. Prior to her six years at the RA, she was a founding member of the marketing team for Urbis, the "UK's Centre for Urban Culture," and an advisor for the City of Culture in her native Santiago de Compostela, Spain. Her high praise of Boston and Bostonians is a daily occurrence in the BSA office; she says that she has been made to feel very welcomed and at home in her new city.

Gretchen Rabinkin AIA
Director of Civic Initiatives​
grabinkin@architects.org  / 617-391-4024

A licensed architect, Gretchen has long worked with individuals and community organizations to celebrate and improve Boston-area neighborhoods. An experienced educator, she has taught high school through graduate students at many institutions, including the Boston Architectural College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Smith College, and Columbia University.  She holds a Masters in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and is the former Deputy Editor of ArchitectureBoston.

Justice Severin
Staff Accountant
jseverin@architects.org / 617-391-4004

Justice is a recent graduate starting his degree at Howard University and finishing at Framingham State University. As a lover of city life, he is happy to be in Boston, now living in Dorchester. Five days after graduation he found himself as a temp at a BSA desk crunching numbers, and just three months later, he officially became a member of the BSA family. Justice enjoys listening to music, he is a Celtics season ticket holder, and an avid believer in summer barbeques.

Erika Shea
Database Manager
eshea@architects.org 

Prior to joining the BSA, Erika worked for a sustainable land investment firm and other nonprofits and as a swim coach. Her ambitious athletic regime—swimming, running, triathlons—coupled with Erika’s daily database and list-management vitamins keep her and the BSA fit. She holds a BA from Clark University, where she double-majored in philosophy and government international relations. Erika is captivated by historical architecture and historic landscapes, such as the Boston Common and Public Gardens, and she loves being a mom.

Pamela de Oliveira-Smith
Managing Director, Communications
Publisher, ArchitectureBoston
psmith@architects.org / 617-391-4001

Pamela managed strategic communications and creative services teams at Putnam Investments and Progress Software. She provided brand-strategy consultation to nonprofit institutional clients at Minelli, Inc. Pamela has worked at the BSA since 2003 in several key positions related to programming, operations, publishing and communications.

Eric White
Executive Director
ewhite@architects.org / 617-391-4005

A Denison University graduate, Eric was selected in 2000 as one of 30 nonprofit leaders from around the world to participate in the Getty Leadership Institute, focusing on financial, marketing, team-building and strategic planning management. In 2012, Governor Patrick appointed Eric to the Massachusetts Creative Economy Council. In his spare time, he enjoys kayaking, woodturning, gardening and learning about American and world history.